Reducing Distractions

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I'm not the best when it comes to avoiding distractions. Before I decided to become a minimalist, I would always try to find more ways, gadgets or apps to help me to focus. That is where I found a trap in human thinking seems to exist. It's tempting to feel that something more needs to be done to solve a problem, rather than merely letting it be. Purchasing an organiser or time management app on a smartphone comes with the promise of helping by offering a way to remember things for us, but with a price tag that ultimately means you need to work harder to earn more to pay for that purchase. Locked into this maximal stupor as I call it, I'd never considered the word reduce in 'reducing distractions'. You can't do less by adding to the complexity of your life by owning more and more things (even software), with greater and greater financial responsibilities.

Since then I've learned that the trick is to put things away, or better yet rid yourself of them! Change that impulse to buy into an impulse to do. That is one aspect of, but not all there is, to living life as a minimalist. Lowering financial commitments by way of a smaller list of tasks to do during the day helps with feeling overwhelmed by life, particularly if they are tedious or meaningless to you. Living an intentional, meaningful life is the key to happiness, not the accumulation of things. That long list of tasks is only going to make those interesting diversions in the form of acquiring stuff more appealing! It becomes an endless negative cycle if we're not careful. Why not turn it on it's head? Make it a positive cycle of regularly weeding out the unnecessary extras in life instead.

It sounds simple doesn't it? Unfortunately it goes against the institution of capitalism, which dictates we should all compete for money and resources until its ultimate end. And it can only end one way, where someone wins and owns everything, the ultimate winner of life who has everything they could ever want and more. But will that make them happy? Money can't buy a sense of friendship and belonging, which I find all my stuff and ultimately my life is completely meaningless without.

That is one of my main reasons for creating mnml. A way to focus the thoughts I already have into something more productive than keeping them to myself, especially when they may benefit others. From this point onward I'll be offering them on subjects related to minimalism in my capacity as a writer. You're quite welcome to read them! This is partly therapy for me, and perhaps it will also help you too.